th points out, this defeat
saved Egypt, the last refuge of Moslem culture.
Maragha in the north-west corner of modern Persia
was chosen as his capital by the Mongol prince, and there,
in the interests of astrology, in which he believed as
foretelling the fate of princes, he built the famous ob-
servatory, the ruins of which are still visible.
During Hulagu's latter years there was a revolt in
Fars, but the Atabeg Seljuk Shah was captured at
Kazerun, the half-way town between Bushire and Shiraz,
and his execution speedily followed. In Northern Persia
peace reigned because the land lay desolate and only a
timid remnant was left. So Hulagu died in peace and
was buried in the island of Tala, in Lake Urumia, where
he had collected the almost incredible wealth of the